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USDA Crop Progress Report Shows Slow Spring Planting And Freeze Concerns For Oklahoma Wheat Crop

Mon, 13 Apr 2020 16:37:52 CDT

USDA Crop Progress Report Shows Slow Spring Planting And Freeze Concerns For Oklahoma Wheat Crop Corn and sorghum planting continues at a slow pace, delayed by cool, wet conditions, according to the latest USDA crop progress report. As of April 12, only 3 percent of the nation's corn crop has been planted, but that is just 1 percent behind the last 5-year average. Corn plantings in the corn belt region has barely started with Iowa, Illinois and Indiana all showing just 1 percent planted.

Meanwhile, sorghum plantings in the 6 major production states is about 18 percent complete, compared to the 5-year average of 17 percent. Texas has 60 percent of their crop in the ground so far while no other state has dropped a seed yet.

To look at the complete national report, click here

The great looking wheat crop in Oklahoma could be endangered by freezing temperatures. A weekend cold front dropped temperatures across parts of Oklahoma with 4 of the districts reporting low temperatures at or below freezing on Sunday April 12th.
Winter wheat jointing reached 87 percent, up 25 points from the previous year and up 9 points from normal. Winter wheat headed reached 2 percent, down 4 points from the previous year and down 8 points from normal.

This week, the Oklahoma wheat crop is rated 75 percent good to excellent, compared to 73 percent last week, 23 percent is rated fair this week and 4 percent is in the poor to very poor category.

As we write this report, the Oklahoma crop continues to be rated as the top crop in the major winter wheat growing area.
There have been some spring crops planted in Oklahoma. Corn planted reached 7 percent, down 3 points from the previous year and down 9 points from normal. Soybeans planted reached 2 percent.

To look at the Oklahoma report, click here.

In Kansas, the winter wheat condition rated 50 percent in the good to excellent category this week (a 1 percent improvement from last week), 35 percent is fair, and 15 percent is in the poor to very category this week.

To look at the Kansas report, click here.

In Texas, winter wheat fields continued to be grazed throughout much of the state while in some areas of the Northern and Southern High Plains, wheat was being cut for silage. Cold morning temperatures were of concern. Persistent dry conditions in areas of South Texas damaged winter wheat yield potential, while some producers were already failing oats and winter wheat where drought conditions were more severe.

The USDA has rated 66 percent of the Texas wheat crop in good to excellent condition this week (compared to 62 percent last week), 26 percent is rated fair and 8 percent is rated poor to very poor.

To look at the Texas report, click here.



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